Holcomb grew up in Kuasta, a remote city near the Sea, far south of Carvahall. Kuasta was so isolated by the Spine that it became a peculiar place, full of strange customs and superstitions, so Holcomb probably was very superstitious, along with his family.
He and his family were illuminators and probably wealthy. When Holcomb became a man, he married Nelda and had a son named Brom.
Holcomb probably was very upset when his son left home for Ilirea (to become a Dragon Rider) and it is unknown if he ever saw him again.